The Hills Market Blog


Cooking Class Meal Kits Available Online.

Did you make a resolution to cook more at home for 2012? We're here to help you have restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of your own home (and, if you choose, without even leaving home). In conjunction with our 2012 Winter Cooking Class series, we've created Cooking Class Meal Kits available for sale at our online store, 

With each kit, we'll pull everything you need to create the starters, main courses and/or desserts that our Columbus-area chefs cover during their cooking classes. Each kit comes with the ingredients and recipes that you'll need to serve 4 to 6 people.

You can peruse options in our recipes and place your order for pick up or delivery in the Cooking Class section at

Recipes include:

The Inn at Cedar Falls' Pan Seared Halibut with Portobello Risotto and Canal Junction Lock 21 with Scallion Oil. Order all the ingredients for this recipe at our online store here.

Pitabilities' Buffalo Chicken Pita. Order all the ingredients for this recipe at our online store here.

The Hills Market (Squared).

Ashley Yore from ABC6 News visits both The Original Hills Market and The Hills Market Downtown in a piece about our new location opening in late Spring of 2012.

Click here to view.

Friends of The Hills.

The collaborative spirit among Columbus' small businesses is one of the things that makes our city so great. This morning, we joined our friends Matthew Barbee of Rockmill Brewery and Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream on Good Day Columbus to talk about holiday gifts. We've all found creative ways to work with one another, and we were excited to join them (early) this morning for a December gathering. Consider giving a Rockmill Brewery Gift Set or an "I Dream of Jeni's" Gift Package this holiday season. They're both here at Hills: with a little help from our friends.



Original Gifts For Your Favorite Foodies.

SALE! Our "I Dream of Jeni's " Hoodies are $34.99 each until 1/1/12. 

Make your list, check it twice. And pick up some seriously incredible gifts while you do your basic shopping. Our "I Dream of Jeni's" American Apparel Hoodies and our Igloo Letterpress prints are going quickly. Stop by today to stock up for your favorite foodie. 


Hills Own Custom Gifts.

Knowing that finding the perfect holiday gift can stressful (exhausting, even), we have the ideal gift for anyone; from dear friends and family, to clients, co-workers, teachers even hairdressers and delivery people. We make it easy to spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank — or losing your mind.

We wrap all of our gifts up in a way that clearly tells your recipient how lucky he or she is to know the giver. A custom-designed “Lucky You” gift tag and packaging features an Ohio icon, a nod to our unbridled passion for offering local and Ohio-made gifts and goodies this season.

Count on us for your:

• Custom Gift Baskets
• Custom Fruit Baskets
• Custom Cut Butcher Boxes
• Custom Wine Boxes 

Call us today at 614.846.3220 or e-mail us at to order yours.

Buy Ohio, Feed Ohio! (2011 Edition).

With Buy Ohio, Feed Ohio, we donate 10% of the sale of more than 75 Ohio products (listed below) to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Your purchase not only supports local businesses, but it helps Mid-Ohio Foodbank feed hungry people, educate the community about hunger and advocating for hunger-relief programs.

Back Room Coffee Roasters (All Varieties), Canal Junction Cheeses (All Varieties), CrimsonCup (All Varieties), Dietsch Brothers Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Dorothy Lane Market Killer Brownies ® (All Varieties), Gerber’s Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Glad Annie’s Baklava, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (All Varieties), Lexi Loo Cupcakes, Lucky Penny Farms Cheeses (All Varieties), Maramor Chocolates (All Varieties), The Olive Orchard Olive Oils (All Varieties), Purple Turtle Chocolates (All Varieties), Silver Bridge Coffee Company (All Varieties), Stan Evans Bakery, Stanley’s Market Kielbasa, Steven’s Bakery Pies (All Varieties), Sweet Tooth Cottage Cookies, Velvet Ice Creams (Seasonal Flavors), Zapico Pasta Sauce (All Varieties)

Downtown Love.

Word's out about The Hills Market Downtown. Below are a few stories from Columbus media. Enjoy!

• Our very own Managing Partner Kyle Baker and a glimpse of Chef Norman Carmichael grace the screen in this coverage from WBNS.

• Tracy Turner at the Columbus Dispatch covers the story here. (No one at The Hills Market will ever forget that we shared the front page with exotic pets.)


• Here's a little love from Brian Ball at Business First. (We love the headline.)

• Kristen Schmidt goes straight to what matters (happy hours, of course) in this Columbus Alive feature.

• The official advocate of all things downtown, Walker Evans, covers the story on Columbus Underground and The Metropreneur. 

The Hills Market Downtown to Open Spring 2012


The Hills Market will open Hills Market Downtown in the spring of 2012. The 12,000-square foot store will be a full-service grocery and is a key element in the advancement of Neighborhood Launch, which began in 2007.


The market will reside in a building currently owned in partnership between Randy Walker of Randy Walker Real Estate Services and the Edwards Companies. Randy Walker said, "We see this as an opportunity to spur redevelopment of Grant Avenue, which is an important link between the Discovery District and Neighborhood Launch, and to continue to encourage a neighborhood to emerge in downtown."


"We're thrilled to be a part of the great work that Edwards Companies and Randy Walker are doing to change the face of downtown, and we're excited to meet our new neighbors. As one of the finest grocers in the midwest, we plan on bringing our commitment to food, Ohio and our community to the residents of Neighborhood Launch and beyond," said Kyle Baker, co-owner of The Hills Market and managing partner for The Hills Market Downtown.


The Hills Market Downtown will feature local and organic produce, a wide variety of wine and beer, specialty cheeses from around Ohio and around the world, a full-service delicatessen featuring Boar's Head Brand meats and cheeses, a Chef's Case, featuring 24 feet of prepared foods, including hot ready-to-go main courses and side dishes, all made in house by the store's Professional Foodies. The store will also have a wide selection of seafood and a butcher shop emphasizing locally-produced all-natural meats and more than 426 linear feet of grocery, pantry and household items. The store's full-service bakery and coffee shop will be available to customers, and dining areas and bars are planned for both inside and outside the store. The Hills Market Downtown will also offer catering from Hills Own Catering Shoppe and grocery delivery from


The Hills Market Downtown plans to bring their commitment to local foods downtown, continuing relationships with the same producers that service their northern Columbus store. Cooking classes, wine tastings, and special events such as their famous Salmon Roast and Ohio Hog Roasts will exist at The Hills Market Downtown, all with an urban twist.


Neighborhood Launch is a vibrant new downtown neighborhood, featuring parks, water fountains, decorative wrought iron fencing and tree-lined boulevards. Designed to be a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, the residential buildings are two or three stories in height with distinctive facades. When completed there will be nearly 300 units. Neighborhood Launch encompasses nine city blocks that include Gay, Fourth, Long and Grant streets, and is adjacent to Creative Campus that interconnects the Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus State University and the Columbus Museum of Art.